I remember exactly how I felt the majority of the times I walked across Stone Bridge over Río Sarapiquí at La Selva Biological Station. The surrounding evergreen forest offered a serene scene. Mornings, however, were full of energy. Crossing the bridge early in the morning provoked an enthusiastic sensation, which made me feel like I was ready to take on the world. At times when I crossed the bridge during the day, I felt like I was walking down a hall of fame. I wondered about how many times did scientists cross the bridge before making their mark in the scientific community.
Afternoons at the bridge differed vastly from other times of the day. The scene was composed by the Caribbean sunset who painted with a variety of tangerine hues that appeared as if they swirled down the river accompanied by beautiful choruses of critters.
However, the most magical moments on the bridge were at night. I usually crossed feeling battered from the day’s grind but I would stop from time to time in the middle of the bridge and thought about how grateful I was for such an incredible opportunity. On Stone Bridge, I was able to experience one of the most beautiful starry nights I had ever seen in my life. Different shapes and sizes of interstellar clouds created a stunning scene of what looked like diamonds woven on a tie-dye purplish-blue blanket. You can say I fell in love with Stone Bridge, especially since I’ll never forget how it made me feel.